Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, IP Group
Jennifer Yokoyama is VP & Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation with responsibility for leading the company’s Intellectual Property Group. In her current role as Chief IP Counsel, she leads a team of over 100 attorneys, legal professionals and engineers responsible for Microsoft’s extensive global patent portfolio, IP licensing, open innovation program and strategic collaboration with Microsoft business groups. Prior to this role, she was Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel for IP Litigation, responsible for managing Microsoft’s worldwide patent litigation docket and providing support and legal advice for her business partners throughout Microsoft as needed. Jennifer’s experience in IP and litigation spans the globe from numerous jurisdictions and venues across the United States to countries throughout the Asia Pacific region including China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan as well as in jurisdictions throughout Europe. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jennifer was Principal Counsel for Patent Litigation at Apple Inc. Prior to that, she was Assistant General Counsel for IP Litigation and Strategy at Nike. Jennifer started her career as a patent litigator with McDermott, Will & Emery where she was a partner in the Irvine office before she made the move to in house. She is a member of the Patent Bar. Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science degrees from University of California, San Diego where she double majored in biology and sociology. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.